Wednesday 28 December 2016

Further to the Silk and Wool Thing

Quite a lot of brooches

Details of a couple with pearl buttons
And this is what happens when it snows bubble-wrap all over the workshop.. Phew! Just in time, we were almost out...

Thursday 22 December 2016

Mid Winter

And a Merry Solstice to all... And, pray well, for a better year next, please..
Meanwhile, by the Baptist Church, a perfectly Christmassy colour-splash...

Monday 19 December 2016

Day Six, Back to Normal

Sorted about 10,000 silk scraps, box of wool, made a couple or twelve books,.
 Christmas lunch tomorrow, so this is it.. Thanks for reading...

Sunday 18 December 2016

Day five, chaos, confusion, and silk books

Hello out there.. Thanks all for reading this, as I know there have been lots of you looking, I'm soooo happy
Anyway, today was a bit messy.. Fabric all over the floor, odd visitors from all over the place, including my favourite doggy friend and her humans.  I made mostly little books, here are a few in silk

And wool

And finished a few odds and ends, including this mega-shopping bag which has been hanging around forever

(Oakshott fabrics and one delicious dark batik) - I started this for me as a possible computer-bag, maybe it will stay mine..
And there was humming-of-microwaves again, and Terri made more nice woolly pieces (I hope to get some images of these tomorrow)
A tweedy pincushion bag

And here's a brooch in mustard wool and cotton threads

and an accidental selfie - the camera is playing again..

More tomorrow....

Saturday 17 December 2016

Day Four, assorted finishes

Woolly books, tote bag, postcards, silk point purses..
Some other things coming along...

Friday 16 December 2016

Week of Silk and Wool - Day Three

Much humming-of-the-microwave today, as Terri was dyeing lumps of blanket for her Big Curtain
My slightly-random patchwork blocks came out just cosy, and the squares too..
And I made some little books with silk or tweedy covers - I have a lot of these, they will be for sale later this week on this page

Thursday 15 December 2016

Week of Silk and Wool (and visitors) - day two

Much sorting of the Big Silk Box today, and a lot of semi-finished brooches (more images later), plus a book which I forgot to photograph
And woolly blocks and silk crumbs...

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Week of Silk and Wool, day one (silk)

Start with a clean workspace...

Add fabrics, Vilene, iron and board

Make a big mess...

...some experimental blocks...

...and brooches...
More tomorrow

Sunday 11 December 2016

Much Too Good...

To my pussycat...
Funnily enough, she then decided to sleep on my slippers

On the other hand, this begonia is almost too perfect...

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Thursday 27 October 2016

Winter approaches

Shadow of Ivy

Saturday 15 October 2016

More thoughts on America - the Ubiquitous Flag

Everywhere I went in America's Mid-West, there were flags.. This bunch were some kind of memorial to fallen soldiers, on the road to Lake City

These lovely drapes appeared almost everywhere, inside and out

On the Wisconsin River ferry

And the border with Iowa

And on lamp-posts in Lake City..
Almost every house has one.. They are completely unselfconscious and express a sense of place that is most interesting to me - I find (particularly this year) that the sense of place here is both defensive and rather small-minded in so many ways..

Wednesday 21 September 2016


Eagles, squirrels (grey and black) pelicans, gullfeet...

Sunday 18 September 2016

Frog, and Bear

This is where I've been staying...
and I'm in Mr Frog's House, a small room with a very big bath.. Exceedingly comfortable

And the four-course breakfasts are an Art Form in themselves..

Saturday 17 September 2016

Lake City, and Lake Pepin

Lake Pepin is a sort of wider place in an exceeding wide river, the Mississippi.. After sundry sewing-machine mends, shuttle-finds, and little walks for lunch
Past this nice bit of carved stone

We had a trip out on the lake on the rear-paddle steamer Pearl Of The Lake

A couple of hours of delightful warm sunsetting-and-chatting,

with pelicans

Bald eagles

Slightly sinister silhouetted men

and lots of sailboats in the marina

To say almost nothing of gulls, mainly above us...